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Hi everyone, ever been looking to make a character, you are playing with the generator and you just need MORE POWER?

Well you’re in luck, cause Game Character Hub: Portfolio Edition is currently on sale for 35% off on Steam?

Why Portfolio Edition?

Portfolio Edition adds several new features over the original GCH, first of all, it added support for RPG Maker MV style characters. By just adding a few pieces, you have a full sprite ready to go.

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It also creates all the sprite sheets, plus Faceset all in one go. So you get your walking sprite, your battle sprite, your down sprite, and a faceset all from the same work.

And unlike the built in generator, it doesn’t just do one style. Game Character Hub: Portfolio Edition supports RPG Maker XP, VX, and MV styles out of the box, but also features DLC to support DS style, and the new “Second Story” Style, which can be used with any engine, even ones outside of RPG Maker.

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So what is the strength of Game Character Hub: PE vs the built in generator? Versatility! Want to add two of the same item type? Three? Four? Go for it. More Color Options? Sure.

Flip some eyebrows over, move it around, erase part of it, draw a bit more, and pretend it’s a mustache? Why not?!

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Game Character Hub: PE gives you full control over each piece you lay down, you can flip, recolor, draw on, and move around any layer of the materials. You can also change the order that the layers are drawn, perfect for making sure everything goes behind/in front of what it is supposed to.

Get yourself the superior generator, and pick up Game Character Hub: Portfolio Edition today!

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We’ve just released the Fantasy Heroine Character Pack, giving you 8 new cool designs for you to use in your game, and it really got me onto a subject that I think is incredibly, incredibly important.

How to write women characters.

Okay, first of all. I’m going to introduce, Rule 0 of Writing Women in games.

It is an important rule. And one that everyone should take to heart. And if all else fails, you should fall back on this rule. In fact, you should be referencing this rule long before anything fails. Here is the rule:

RULE 0: WOMEN ARE PEOPLE!

Now, I know this is obvious! I’m not trying to lecture here, but sometimes I think writers forget that. Not just with women, but with writing any character, especially one that is not like themselves.

All of these? Still should be written like people.

All of these? Should be written like people.

This isn’t to say that there is nothing else to consider. Yes, you can write a woman exactly like a man, but there is a lot that can affect how a person acts. First, to write women in your setting you need to know three things:

1. How does their culture treat women?

All people products of their environment. And, as we have previously established, WOMEN ARE PEOPLE.

So, it is important to look at how their environment would treat them. Now, let’s ignore the real world for a moment, because that is a whole can of worms we don’t want to get into, but think about your world, or at the least the specific region you are in: How does that society treat women?

Does it put women on a pedestal, protecting them from everything?

Does it treat men and women no differently?

Is it a society of women warriors, who consider women heroes?

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That girl on the right looks like she comes from a completely different culture than the one on the left, how do you think their cultures treated them differently?

All of these will produce different PEOPLE. Because each will affect the way the character was raised. And then the second part:

2. How does this woman react to that?

Just because society expects them to act a certain way, doesn’t mean they will. The next thing to look at is how do they react to the way their culture expects them to act.

Do they rebel against it?

Do they buy into the cultural expectations?

Do they ignore sit completely, because they don’t care?

A mix of the above?

All of these are valid responses, but all people respond to the way society treats us, even if it is to ignore it. And since WOMEN ARE PEOPLE, they do too.

And then, we can look at the third part:

3. What else is going on with them?

And honestly, for most characters, this is still going to be the most important part. Unless their story arc is specifically ABOUT overcoming societal expectations (or maybe even, someone from a woman warrior society learning that men can also be awesome warriors, and losing some of her superiority complex), their interaction with how society treats their subgroup is probably going to be a minor (but important) detail to the way you write them.

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Each of these characters have a different story, it is up to you to figure out what it is.

If they are trying to avenge their murdered parents, that is more important than the way society treats them as women.

If they are trying to overcome the loss of the love of their life, that is more important than the way society treats them as women.

People are more than their gender. And again, WOMEN ARE PEOPLE.

So hopefully, this helps you with writing women. But I’ll tell you a little secret: This trick works for all kinds of characters. Ask yourself 3 things: How does society treat the group(s) they are part of? How do they react to that? What else is going on with them? You do this well, and you can write a pretty good character.

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I’ve always been fascinated by non-linear gameplay. I’m not talking about full on Skyrim go anywhere do anything. But even the smaller ideas. Things that are even achievable in a game that won’t take years of development.

So, I have a little challenge for you. Imagine a scenario from your game, and then find a way to make it less linear than it is. Then tell us how you think you would do it and still stay manageable. Now, you don’t actually have to DO it of course, because sometimes linear is the best way to tell the story you want to tell. But stretch your mind a bit, and see what comes out.

For an example, I’ll come up with one for a fictional scenario (As I do not have a current project).

Scenario: Defend the castle from an attack!

All your base are belong to us.

All your base are belong to us.

The evil lord is making a final push, and the castle you are in is under attack. So we fight him off. The end.

But what if there was more that we could do?

Let’s say we see him coming. Scouts tell us we have a week before his forces get here! How will we prepare!

Now let’s give the characters options. Non-Linearity is all about options. With a week to prepare, let’s give them 3 possible side quests to do.

  • Go to the Elves for help.
  • Go to the Dwarves for help
  • Try to regain contact with the missing troops on your northern border.

But there is only time to do one!

See, this is a more interesting decision. This is something the player can agonize over.

Option 4: Well... never really did like the people in this castle anyway...

Option 4: Well… never really did like the people in this castle anyway…

But… let’s go DEEPER. What about if you split up the party? Say you have 8 people in you party. You probably want a preset leader for each mission, that keeps things from getting TOO complicated, but you can assign the rest and then just give them conditional lines in the plot. Maybe you have an elf in your party that goes to meet the elves. Or someone knows the northern commander.

You can now do all three, but you have to split your forces. 3-3-2. Or you could do two fo them, and go 4-4 and have full parties.

And each one gives you a different bonus in the battle to come.

CHOICES. What does the player do?

But what if you give him yet ANOTHER choice. Instead of waiting on the enemy to arrive at the castle, strike out in the dead of night and ambush the enemy army in a mountain pass as they attempt to approach instead.

What you thought we'd just stand in a line and wait our turn? What is this, a JRPG?

What you thought we’d just stand in a line and wait our turn? What is this, a JRPG? (also, you expect our writer to take the time to make a good looking map?????)

And all of these changes don’t really create more work after this is resolved. Oh, maybe a different line of dialogue here or there, someone mentioning that daring ambush. Maybe the dwarves see you more favorably because you helped out. Or maybe the elves are angry, because a lot of their troops died to protect your castle.

But the main part of the story remains the same: You stopped the Dark Lord from taking that castle. So it has minimum impact on the long-term workload of the game, but for the player… he gets something that is a bit more HIS story.

So what ways could you make you game more non-linear. Has this example inspired you in any way? Tell us in the comments below.

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Hey, everyone.

The month is wrapping up, and I felt it was a good time to take another look around the community at a helpful thread, a cool project, and an interesting discussion currently ongoing.

Helpful Thread

Ever like one of the characters in the RTP, and you want to use them for something, but then realize they don’t have an SV Battler. Or they don’t have an Enemy battler… well have no fear! Avery has put together “What the RTP is missing” – MV Edition, just for you.

This thread links fan made pieces that try to cover all parts for every RTP character. So head on over and see if there is something you need. And as always, remember to credit!

Cool Project

Our cool project this time is Tailor Tales by one of our favorite resource pack artists Celianna.

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Tailor Tales is an Otome game about an aspiring fashion designer opening her own boutique, and finding some time between making clothes to develop some romance.

I like this project because it isn’t your standard RPG Maker project. It isn’t a theme that has been done over and over. Who has played a fashion designer in a video game before? Plus, the art is super cute. It’s still in early beta, but we look forward to seeing where it goes.

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An Interesting Discussion

Looking through discussions of gameplay mechanics, one topic really caught my eye, MP & TP Consumption Amounts, Fixed or Fluctuating?

The concept is simple, rather than having a spell/skill cost a static amount, why not have it affected by armor? You are wearing light armor? Then that physical skill costs less to do. Wearing heavy armor, it tires you out quickly. I think this could add an interesting depth to a game if you did it right. Why don’t you jump over to the thread and say what you think.

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So you’ve picked up an RPG Maker MV Tool, and you want to add it to the program. But you don’t know how. We’re here to get you sorted.

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First, in RPG Maker MV, select Tools, then select RPG Maker MV Tools to open the RPG Maker MV Tools menu.

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In the menu, click the Select Path button to open up a file explorer box.

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Navigate to the folder that contains the MV Tool. For official tools, you will find all the tools in the tool folder in your RPG Maker MV program folder. For instance, with SAKAN, it is in tool\SAKAN\.

Click on the folder for the tool you are adding and click Select Folder.

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This will send you back to RPG Maker MV Tools menu, but now there will be a new tool in the lower list. Click on it to highlight that tool and click the Add button.

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Close the RPG Maker MV Tools menu and then select Tools again. Your MV Tool should now be in the menu underneath RPG Maker MV Tools.

And that’s it, you are now ready to use your RPG Maker MV Tool!

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Wow, we had a busy week last week. Linux Support, Sale, New MV Tools.

So busy we didn’t get a good chance to even look at the first MV Tool, SAKAN -Tileset Builder-

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SAKAN is an easy way for you to organize and build tiles for your game, right from the RPG Maker MV editor. Have a tile from one tileset that you need in another tileset for your map?

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It’s as easy as grabbing the tiles you need, and plopping them into the other tileset.

Need to build a custom tile from component parts? SAKAN comes with a bunch of pieces to build from. I mean, do you know what is better than a teddy bear? A teddy bear with a bow!

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And it only took a few seconds to make. There are a huge amount of component parts that come with SAKAN, allowing you to build all kinds of fun tiles really fast. I could have given him a hat… or an evil summoning circle. Because all teddy bears need evil summoning circles right?

But can you make edits to tiles? Can you just cut things together from component parts, or can you make things from scratch? You can do that too.

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See, now he has a monocle! (Look, pretend I’m not a terrible artist.) Don’t all Teddy Bears need monocles! And Summoning Circles! And cute bows and hats.

SAKAN can help you create what you need for your game, so pick it up today, with a launch discount of 15%, and explore all the ways SAKAN can make your life easier!

What MV Tools would you like to see? How do you think MV Tools could be enhanced? Tell us in the comments below.

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RPG Maker has sold over a million copies. That puts some things in perspective for us. RPG Maker is big. We thank each and every person who has helped make RPG Maker the success it is today. And it is time for RPG Maker to be available to all computer users!

So let’s look at a piece of the newest news for RPG Maker MV: Not only is it usable by Windows and OSX(A first for RPG Maker), it is now also usable on Linux!

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Sit down on your Linux PC, open up RPG Maker, and make a game.

All the simplicity and power you love about RPG Maker MV, all on the OS that you want to use it on, whether that is Windows, Mac, or Linux. No more need to dual boot just for RPG Maker, or use cludgy workarounds to get windows programs to run in Linux, now, it just does it right out of the box.

And for Windows and Mac users? What does this mean for you?

More people than ever can play your game! Before, you could deploy to Windows and Mac PC Users, but after this update, on all versions, you can also export to Linux. For hobby users, this means more eyes on your project, and for commercial users, this means more potential sales!

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And to celebrate, we convinced Steam that it is time for an RPG Maker Midweek Madness! So pick up RPG Maker MV today for 60% off, and RPG Maker MV DLC for up to 60% off!Let’s get to work on making it 2 million sales, with users from Linux, Windows, and Mac working together to make amazing games for everyone to play.

Let’s get to work on making it 2 million sales, with users from Linux, Windows, and Mac working together to make amazing games for everyone to play.

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Wow! What an exciting day for RPG Maker MV! There are so many things going on, it is hard to figure out where to even start.

This week is the March MV Midweek Madness! Starting today and ending in 7 days, we’re having a huge RPG Maker MV sale on Steam! So if you haven’t updated to the latest version yet, or you have a friend or family member who you think really needs MV in their life, now is the time to pick it up!

The sale is also a great time to grab some resources to round out your current project, or maybe start a new one, with RPG Maker MV DLC discounts as high as 60%!

But that isn’t all. We didn’t show up just for a sale, we’ve shown up with some awesome updates.

First, RPG Maker MV is now for Linux!

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This means you can both use it on our Linux computer to make games, and deploy to Linux for other people to play from PC, Mac, or Linux editions of RPG Maker MV.

This update brings a bigger audience, both for RPG Maker MV, AND for its users. Your games can now be played by more people than ever.

But we didn’t even stop there. We are also introducing RPG Maker MV Tools, DLC that adds new toolsets to the RPG Maker MV editor. We added the MV Tools menu into the latest update, and the first MV Tool, SAKAN -Tileset Builder-, is launching this week.

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SAKAN -Tileset Editor- is exactly what it says on the tin. This tool will let you quickly cut together tilesets using pieces of existing tilesets, a whole bunch of extra pieces added in SAKAN, or even possibly make your own.

While it won’t include all the power something like Photoshop does for making tiles, it will make organizing a tileset and making small edits faster than ever before, and right from RPG Maker MV itself, making your workflow simpler and easier.

So all you Linux Users, jump on the sale to pick up the new Linux RPG Maker MV. And everyone be on the lookout for the release of SAKAN, and more tools in the future!

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Ok. So a lot of you, and hey, myself as well, not gonna lie, want to one day make a giant epic game.

You want to make your magnum opus. A giant, sprawling game filled with adventure and meaning and clever gameplay and…

Now that I've traveled the land, explored the 8 dungeons of fate, I discover the evil lord that burned down my village is my own brother, lost in the time warp when we were children, and now, knowing this, I must defeat you, so that I can escape, travel through time, and make sure you never become this! (or some other convoluted storyline.)

Now that I’ve traveled the land, explored the 8 dungeons of fate, I discover the evil lord that burned down my village is my own brother, lost in the time warp when we were children, and now, knowing this, I must defeat you, so that I can escape, travel through time, and make sure you never become this! (or some other convoluted storyline that will take another 20 hours now that we have 20 down.)

Sometimes, though, I think we forget the small games. Games that have small scope, that have simple mechanics, a short story line, and done with existing resources.

That epic game? Maybe you’ll finish it. Maybe you’ll be the minority that actually puts out a massive RM game that is good. And if you do, kudos man, that is amazing! But maybe, before tackling that, let’s look at doing something small first. And here is the thing, small doesn’t have to mean meaningless!

Take part of the game, and make it the games raison d’etre.

Look at a game that has a simple story. Maybe it is about a hero saving a princess. Or a heroine saving her prince. Or a hero saving his prince. Or a heroine saving her princess. (We don’t judge).

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Even a simple story can have a twist to make it memorable. Maybe the savee isn’t actually in trouble! Maybe the savee is actually manipulating events. Or maybe, you can hint it throughout the game, but the rescuer isn’t actually that at all, and they are just trying to rekidnap their obsession (“Are we the baddies?”).

The important thing here is that: It doesn’t significantly change the effort needed for the game. It can still be a short, small game, but you have a memorable little twist, something players will remember.

And you can do the same with gameplay. Use the default for the most part, but maybe change it up a bit. Like for instance, get rid of the generic attack command. Doing so would make the game feel a lot different. Every attack costs resources, so now it is about balancing them rather than hitting attack thousands of times.

I mean, I could hit down but it is so much trouble, and attack seems to kill most random encounters.... snooooze.

I mean, I could hit down but it is so much trouble, and attack seems to kill most random encounters…. snooooze.

And of course, you can make a few pieces of custom art to enhance your game. But the main focus should be… try a small game. Just once. See how it goes. You may surprise yourself with how much you like those simple, short games.

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Hey, guys, and welcome back to the blog! Whew. It has been a while hasn’t it? Unfortunately, we had a malfunction with our Community Manager (… me), but things are fixed and the blog is back!

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And when I’m down, Harold does nothing. Lazy bum.

We still have our Challenge Solution post coming up later this week, but today, I want to talk instead about some of the biggest beginner mistakes I see when people go to make their first project.

First. First. Let me tell you something about your first project. It is going to be seriously, seriously flawed.

It might have some charm. It might have some really interesting ideas and it might have “soul”. But it will also more than likely have serious flaws that are going to make it. Well. Not good. I’ve almost never seen someone’s first game be good. Expect it to be bad. It is a learning experience.

The first time you write music, you aren’t going to compare to Mozart. Or even Nickelback. Game design is an ART and you have to practice it to get good.

So, your first game is going to be pretty bad more than likely. So what mistakes should you avoid?

Recruiting a Team

I see this a lot. Guy just made his forum account, he has an idea for a game. It’s going to be the best game. You’re gonna love it. Everyone say’s its great.

And to get it done, he just needs a mapper, an eventer, a writer, an artist, a coder, a musician, and a guy to massage his feet. I mean, I exaggerate but this happens a lot. And it always begs the question: What is it YOU are going to be doing?

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You men go northwest! You men go southwest! I’m gonna walk around right here in a circle.

“Oh, I’m the idea guy”. Look. Idea guy is not a job in game design. Yes, there are directors, but when we are talking small scale indie games, those directors still need to get their hands dirty. And in the big leagues? Those guys have worked their way up from being writers/programmers/etc.

Also, as we already established: Your first game is going to be bad. Don’t drag others into it. Work with what you can get around the forums. Grab some plugins you may need. Grab some sprites and tiles. Go pick up some DLC from our store or on Steam that could help. Then LEARN the program. You should at the least be able to event, map, and write. You’ll never really make a game without learning those skills.

So buckle down, and MAKE a game yourself.

Not Sticking to the Basics

You have to walk before you can run. Don’t try to build up a custom everything for your first game. You don’t need a custom battle system, a custom leveling, custom everything!

I need all these servers to hold my custom plugins.

I need all these servers to hold my custom plugins.

All you are going to do is cause yourself to never get anything done. You are going to get frustrated cause you can’t do what you want to do, and you are going to throw your project at the wall and you aren’t going to learn the basics of the program that you need to learn in order to work up to all that custom stuff.

Now, I’m not saying don’t pick up a few premade plugins. Plugins are great. But try not to pick up ones for your first game that are super complicated to set up. And try to make sure you know what is possible with events and in the editor first! There are plenty of people I’ve seen demand plugins for things the editor can already do, because they never paid enough attention to realize it was there.

Basics first. Then build on that.

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Once again. And I know I’m beating this into your head. But your first game. IS. NOT. GOING. TO. BE. GOOD. You will still be learning. And for that matter, the stuff you work on last, because of what you’ve learned, will be better than the stuff you worked on first.

In a 1-3 hour game, that amount of unevenness is minor. In a 50 hour game… that unevenness will be massive. Not only that, but the amount of time necessary to make a 50 hour game… is huge. You’ll probably hate your game, and yourself by extension, by the time you get half done.

You either die the hero, or live long enough to become the Dark Lord.

You either die the hero, or live long enough to become the Dark Lord.

Let me tell you a little story. When I was in middle school, I thought I’d grow up to be a writer. Not like I’m doing now, writing a blog, but a novelist. I was going to write best selling science fiction and fantasy novels! So, then, at 12, I decided to start writing a series of novels. Not just one, but a SERIES. It was based on a weird board game thing that my brother and I had made.

About 300 pages in, I realized something. I had gotten better. What I wrote at the beginning, it was trash. What I had wrote near the end, it was… less trash. But I was no where near done. I had so many plot lines hanging. And also I noticed just how derivitive it was of one of my favorite novel series at the time, and I just… tossed the whole thing.

It was years before I ever wrote again. Look. Work on something small. Keep it manageable. Work on it alone, or with a single existing friend who is also just learning. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. And don’t expect your first game to be good. Learn. Make something. And maybe one day, you’ll bring that charm and soul of the first game you made and build a solid game around it.

But it is not this day.

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